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Doctor Who: Ghost Light

Released on 20 September 2004

Featuring: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred & Frank Windsor

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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In 1883 the Doctor takes Ace to a house called Gabriel Chase in her home town of Perivale. Josiah Samuel Smith lives in the house but he turns out to be the evolved form of an alien who was brought to Earth in a stone spaceship which is in the basement of the house. Another member of the house is Redvers Fenn-Cooper who is out of his mind with what he has seen but Smith wants his help in killing Queen Victoria and restoring the British Empire to its former glory!

This was the final 'Doctor Who' story to be made even though it was shown second in the final series. Originally transmitted: 04/10/89 - 18/10/89.


  • Audio commentary from Sophie Aldred, Marc Platt, Andrew Cartmel and Mark Ayres
  • Extended and deleted scenes
  • Isolated music score
  • 'Shooting Ghosts': behind the scenes studio footage
  • 'Light In The Darkness' featurette
  • Q & A session: recorded at the PanoptiCon X convention in 1990
  • Photo gallery
  • Production notes
  • Easter Eggs (hidden features)
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access

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 Average rating (7 reviews)

 "That's the way to the zoo!"

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As the only story from Sylvester McCoy's final season as the Doctor to be shot totally in the studio the spooky "Ghost Light" is certainly a bizarre but entirely worthy viewing experience with some fine performances on offer especially Ian Hogg as Josiah Samuel Smith. Lets not forget that it also both plays to the BBC's skill in authentic period drama settings and well as providing valuable insight in the background of companion Ace. Its arrival on DVD, replete with marvellous 5.1 surround sound mix is very much welcome even though it has a total running time of a mere 73 mins. The additional free space available by such a slim main feature has been marvellously filled up by some excellent 'special features' spearheaded by the essential 'Light In Dark Places' which sheds more light (forgive the pun) on the making of the story. Further worthy insight is offered by "Ghost Light" author Marc Platt in the 12 min 'Writer's Question Time'. There's a rare glimpse into studio recording (complete with typical but endearing occasional (Sylvester) McCoy humour) within the Gabriel Chase main set during 'Shooting Ghosts' (19 mins) and with a worthy 18 mins of 'Deleted and Extended Scenes' (complete with explanatory lithograph plates for each) you can almost imagine the story as a traditional four-parter. As a highly regarded offering from the McCoy era it makes for a pleasing DVD release backed up with some great essential extras (which also includes Katharine Schlesinger at the piano singing "That's the way to the zoo!" as a main page Easter Egg and a 5 ½ min photo gallery) making it well worth nabbing a copy!

 Ages well

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When I first saw this when it was aired on television it didn't make a hell of a lot of sense to me and I didn't think much of it. Reviewing it many years later it appears to have aged well and is better than first viewing.
The set is perfect and although some of the things goign on are still alittle weird and confusing or indeed pointless on a whole it stands up better with age.

 A great Story

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Ghost Light is one great story from the last season of Doctor Who. Sylvester McCoy's Doctor was becoming more interesting and by letting Sophie Aldred's Ace take the lead, the story stands out.

The Story is set in a dark old mansion, When The Doctor and Ace arrive they find horror's old and new waiting for them and Ace must confront her own nightmares when she finds that her past and the house's future are linked into one.

Find the light in a dark place. Get Doctor Who Ghost Light.

 go for it

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Buy this! Yes buy it!!...... But before you watch it though, please go to the menu and watch, in the extras :- "LIGHT IN DARK PLACES ". this will make every thing clear. I promise

 Doctor Who returns to what it does best!

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When Slyvester McCoy took over the role of Doctor Who (No'7), i wasn't overly keen on him or the stories that we're being produced at that time in the 80's, however out of Slyvester's 3rd season as the Doctor, the stories were returning to the old days of intesity, drama & complicated scripts, this was one at the time that seemed rather confusing, however on review, it shows how Slyvester was becoming an very darker, yet interesting Doctor, the assistant in this case (Ace), was being the main focus worked rather well & more dynamic. What is interesting that nearly two decades later, we see where exactly Doctor Who was going & on review becoming a more interesting show again, life was returning, so was great scripts, great characterisation, & brilliant drama........this should have been a 4-part story & then it wouldn't have been so complicated, however being a 3 parter does have it's pluses, you are totally glued to it until the end & wonder afterwards why the hell was the show pulled then when it was getting brilliant again, instead of years earlier. This story shines out for Slyvester & Sophie & is by far one of the best from the 7th Doctors era, a must buy for fans & can be watched again & again.

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ActorsSylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Frank Windsor, John Nettleton, John Hallam, Sylvia Syms, Katherine Schlesinger, Michael Cochrane, Sharon Duce & Ian Hogg
DirectorAlan Wareing
CertificatePG
Year1989
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesEnglish (Dolby Digital Stereo)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Duration1 hour and 15 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.